Surveillance has been used as a method of control and a symbol of power. But today’s narcissism has turned yesterday’s pathologies into signs of good health. There has been a shift from the fear that someone is watching you to the fear that no one is watching. This thesis explores the concepts of architectural surveillance and how the visitors of Encounter, a nightlife building, have the ability to observe and be observed through the lens they create.
Encounter features hotel rooms, a restaurant, a spa and salon, and a lounge, all sandwiched between two nightclubs. By intermixing public and private spaces throughout the building, it creates an entangled point of view allowing each occupant to observe a range of scenes.